From tomorrow, Friday 9 April, the City Council will be consulting on its draft Annual Plan 2010/11, 2010 Climate Change Action Plan and Community Facilities Policy and Implementation Plan.
Feedback on all three draft documents is required by 5.00pm on Monday 10 May.
Mayor Kerry Prendergast is keen that people check out the draft plans and have their say.
"Each year hundreds of people, as well as groups and organisations, take the time to comment on Council plans and policies and those views do help shape the decisions we make. We can't promise to act on every suggestion in every submission but we do listen and weigh up the wide-ranging views we receive," she says. "It is essential we know what Wellingtonians think so we can ensure the city remains an attractive, affordable, vibrant place where people want to be."
The draft Annual Plan outlines what the Council is planning to do in the coming year and the reasons why, how much it will cost and how it will be funded.
The majority of spending proposed through the draft Annual Plan will pay for essentials like maintaining and improving our roads, footpaths, drains, water network and reservoirs and taking care of the city's parks, bush and coastal areas. Some new projects are proposed but these account for less than one percent of rates. They include several initiatives to maximise the potential return from hosting next year's Rugby World Cup – the biggest event the country has ever hosted.
If approved, the plan will result in an overall average real rates increase of 2.88 percent - the lowest for the commercial and residential sectors for seven years and well below the 5.38 percent overall average real rates increase forecast in the city's long-term plan.
The draft Climate Change Action Plan outlines how the Council will work to ensure the city is well prepared to cope with the likely impacts of climate change and how Wellingtonians can work together as a community to reduce the city's emissions. It builds on the city's 2007 action plan and will guide what the Council does on climate change for the next two years.
The draft Community Facilities Policy and Implementation Plan is about libraries, swimming pools, recreation centres, community centres and community halls. All of these facilities are well used and make significant contributions to residents' lives - but also require major financial support from ratepayers. The policy outlines the type of facilities that should be provided in each part of the city and the implementation plan includes details of some proposed upgrades.
Detailed information on all three consultations - including public meeting and workshop dates - is available online in the Public input section of this website and from libraries and service centres.